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Oliver's Game

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Author-illustrator Matt Tavares hits the ball out of the park with a luminously illustrated tale about the joy of baseball, generational bonds, and the immutable power of dreams.

Oliver Hall loves baseball. He loves the ritual of helping out in his grandfather’s store, Hall’s Nostalgia, and he loves listening to Grandpa Hall’s innumerable baseball stories. But one day, Oliv
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 23rd 2004 by Candlewick Press
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I shared this awesome historical fiction picture book with my students the day after the Cubs won the World Series. The youngster in the story, Oliver, visits his grandfather's nostalgia shop across the street from Wrigley Field. Upon discovering a Cubs uniform from the 1940s, he listens as his grandfather tells the story of the day he got to practice with the Cubs and how close he got to realizing his dreams of a career in the Big Leagues. We had a great discussion of the wonderful messages in ...more
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"Oliver's Game" is the fictional story of young Oliver Hall who enjoys helping out in his grandfather's sports memorabilia store. One day, Oliver's grandfather sends him on a search for an item for a customer. While digging deeply into a closet, Oliver discovers a Chicago Cubs uniform from the 1940's. Oliver comes to learn how his grandfather had a rare opportunity at eighteen to try out for the Cubs, but was derailed by the onset of World War II. The grandfather is wounded at Guadalcanal, thus ...more
Ashley Allen
Oliver's Game is a great book to use when talking with children (4-5) about thier dreams. This book can be used to talk about how children can reach their dreams and also things that might get in the way of their dreams and goals.
Paul  Hankins
Another beautiful baseball title from Matt Tavares. This one is not to be missed for its inter-generational approach and subject matter. This one is a pretty book inside and out.
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Matt Tavares is the award-winning author-illustrator of Henry Aaron's Dream, Zachary’s Ball, Oliver ’s Game, and Mudball, and the illustrator of several other books, including ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, or an Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas; Jack and the Beanstalk; Doreen Rappaport’s Lady Liberty: A Biography; and Kristin Kladstrup’s The Gingerbread Pirates, He lives in Maine with his ...more
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